Traditional subtractive synthesis starts with a complex waveform and then filters it down. A wavefolder allows for the opposite: start with simple waveforms and then fold it over itself to create extremely rich and complex timbres. Animate the fold and symmetry controls with CV to add even more life and movement to the sounds.
Wavefolding is a technique for reshaping waveforms that (as its name implies) actually folds a wave’s peaks back toward center whenever those peaks exceed a certain threshold. Unlike a typical distortion circuit that simply clips any waveform that exceeds some threshold (resulting in increasingly harsh and uniform timbres), wavefolding creates all manner of complex waveshapes with rich, subtle, intertwined harmonics. The addition of CV over the folding parameters yields a shifting, otherworldly sweep of sonic texture that is both musical and unique.
Fold control with a CV input and dedicated attenuator.
Thru-zero symmetry control with a bipolar CV input and dedicated attenuator.
Stages switch to select 2, 4 or 6 stages of folding.
Trimmer on back to set the maximum drive amount in order to limit the range of the timbre shaping to a more subtle amount if needed.
DC-coupled inputs so you can also feed CV to be folded.
The µFold is a collaborative design with David G. Dixon.
We looked very closely at some of the most loved timbre shaping circuits in classic synth modules — analyzing not just their electrical implementations, but also how they sounded and how efficiently they operated. µFold is an amalgamation of our knowledge and research, and is designed to produce a wide range of timbres while utilizing the most versatile and intuitive set of controls.
Combining a µFold with one of the Intellijel Dixie and Rubicon oscillators enables you to achieve the extremely rich palette of sounds normally associated with complex oscillators, but with far greater flexibility and sonic depth. Add a filter, such as the Polaris or Morgasmatron, and you’ll unleash some serious analog mayhem.
TEMPI is a 6 CHannel, polyphonic time-shifting clock module. It provides an intuitive method for creation and recall of complex clocking arrangements within a modular synthesizer system. Using HUMAN and/ or MACHINE programming you could re-create most classic Clock Divider and Multiplier arrangements and then continue on to create new ones. Store up to 64 for later recall and Select them using control signals from within your system or the Select Bus.
The Erbe-Verb is more than a collection of reverb algorithms or presets, it is a unique, modeless, continuously variable reverb algorithm with complete voltage control. Typical reverb types such as plate, room, hall, shimmer and others may be programmed by adjusting the knobs. The continuously variable algorithm allows for hybrid and unreal spaces to be found. Traveling between spaces is possible by modulating the algorithm or manually sweeping parameters. More than an end-of-chain effects unit, it’s a whole new building block for modular synthesis. Like the Echophon, it’s coded by Tom Erbe of soundhack.
The Malekko 8NU8R is a clever utility. A dual 4hp attenuator, the 8NU8R also sports the ability to switch on diode rectification waveshaping. Regular attenuation, as well as full and half wave rectification with adjustable attenuation, are possible. When no input is present, each half of the 8NU8R produces a steady DC voltage (offset) adjustable by the level control. DC offsets have many uses in a modular system.